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Don't be an autumn hermit! We should embrace the darker months

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It’s officially autumn and it feels like it.

But there’s much about this season to welcome and celebrate. We can feast our eyes on gorgeous ‘fall’ colours in our gardens and woodlands.

And if you’re a woman, you can return to wearing black opaque tights - surely one of the greatest inventions ever!

Then there’s the Danish concept of snuggling down and creating comfort and warmth in the face of dismal weather.

That was a big trend a few years ago, and we all learned a new word, ‘hygge’, to describe it. It can feel delightfully reassuring to light a pine-scented candle, slow-cook a casserole, don colourful socks, an extra warm jumper and wrap a blanket around yourself while watching TV.

But beware – we are all going to need more than hygge to get us through the next few months. In fact, too much of it could be a bad thing.

Why? Because no matter how comfy our homes may be, being there much more than usual can result in us feeling isolated and depressed. And, frankly, it’s all too easy to give up on activities that perk us up, and to stay home more, once the nights draw in.

So, I’m using this column to try to encourage everyone – but particularly those who........

© Norwich Evening News

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